By on May 24, 2019

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Hello out there in TTAC land. This is your regularly scheduled reminder that Monday is an American holiday, so we’ll be taking the day off.

More or less, anyway. A stray post or two may show up. But yes, we’re going to be relaxing/BBQing/respecting the fallen troops/vacationing/whatever on Monday. We’ll be back at it at full-tilt boogie on Tuesday.

As for today, the Friday before: We’re gonna shut this bad boy down a bit early. We know you love reading about old cars during your spare time, but we’re taking a well-deserved break by leaving our desks jusssst a bit early.

Enjoy yourselves this weekend. Don’t forget those who died for country, and don’t drink and drive. Perhaps avoid falling prey to one of those blowout mattress sales, too.

Seriously, don’t drink and drive. See you Tuesday.

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41 Comments on “Housekeeping: 2019 Memorial Day Edition...”


  • avatar
    JohnTaurus

    To any vets or active service men/women: thank you. To any family of fallen soldiers, thank you for your sacrifice.

    I’m spending the holiday working, lol, I’m on a job 85 miles from my home, and I’m commuting in the Honda. The drive isnt bothering me at all, and the Honda is doing great. Not getting the fuel mileage that the Taurus would, but its good enough. I’m really enjoying having a manual again. So glad I didnt settle for an automatic in something like this.

    Also happy that I can finally start fixing up the Taurus in earnest. I already got a new dash cap, thinking about ordering the new carpet next week. The cooling system is getting a near-complete overhaul, including the timing cover gasket (the radiator isnt that old and there’s no reason to change the heater core).

    I’m also thinking about replacing the entire power steering system, the rack leaks a little and the pump is noisy as hell. I have bought NOS OEM brake master cylinder, booster, as well as aftermarket rotors and ceramic pads.

    All in all, nothing unexpected on a 25 year old car with over a quarter million miles on it, I’m just happy that many OEM parts are still available online if you look hard enoigh.

    Hope everyone has a good holiday, and if you’re off work, drink a beer for old John, haha.

    • 0 avatar
      golden2husky

      Good luck with the old Taurus. I may have just snagged the last few rear ABS sensors. Fronts are available but rears are harder to get. I also learned that with rear sensors they have two part numbers because the plug end is different. There is a snap in converter to make that issue go away. Learned that after the fact. ABS still engages upon stopping despite four new ABS sensors. I am guessing one of the tone rings is rusted to the point it does not provide a proper signal at slow speeds. Changing the splash shields today (SN95 Mustang ones fit apparently) so I can pass inspection.
      Speaking of rust, check the rear suspension locating rods…mine had the big washers under the bolts rust through and the rear tire was against the back of the wheel opening. SHO Source has all these replacement parts…27 years of use and rust is starting to claim victims…

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTaurus

        Thanks man, and unfortunately, my Taurus didnt get the optional ABS (and 4 wheel disks that came with it). I plan to upgrade to rear disk eventually.

        Rust isnt much of an issue on mine, it’s just the sun and time taking its toll. The clearcoat is all but gone on the hood, roof and trunk. Actually, its noticeable, but I’ve seen newer Accords that look worse.

        Speaking of ABS, the warning lamp is on in the Element, but it flickers off and on when I go over bumps, like bridge expansion joints. Gotta get that checked out. Bought a remote for it and programmed it in the parking lot at work (lol) and it works great. Very happy with that. Ordered vent visors and a replacement tail lamp because one is cracked.

        I also ordered an OEM “HONDA” badge intended for the tailgate of a first gen Ridgeline for the EleMENTAL (nickname I came up with lol). I’m going to swap out the [H] badge on the grille for it. It kinda follows the trend of spelling out the manufacturer name (like days of old) on new off-road trims (ie Ford Raptor, Toyota TuRD Pro versions). Just something to be a little different.

        Again, thanks for the well wishes on the Taurus. I’m excited to start making real progress on it.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

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    • 0 avatar
      Detroit-X

      On the Power Steering, my vehicle was leaking PS fluid too. I added some “Lucas Oil Products Power Steering Stop Leak” (white bottle). Wow. It really works. No leak now and working fine.

      • 0 avatar
        -Nate

        RE hydraulic stop leaks ;

        ? Did you look at or sniff the current fluid before adding the Snake Oil ? .

        I find that most of the time the PS fluid has never even been changed so it’s brown or black and smells like Navy coffee .

        I always change old PS fluids with every oil change until they remain clean and sweet smelling, it’s cheaper and easier than repairs…..

        An old used car lot trick was to add a teaspoon of brake fluid to any tranny or power steering that leaked, brake fluid softens up the seals and slows the leaks but doesn’t really fix anything, the input shaft seals are not difficult to change, just a messy job .

        -Nate

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTaurus

        No offence, but I’m not using stop leak on this car. This isnt just some beater I’m trying to “get by” with, the car is being restored slowly but surely. Besides, Lucas turned a small drip leak on my 1992 Tempo’s transaxle into a gusher. No more “cure in a bottle” for me, especially on a car I plan to keep.

        As Nate said, the fluid is nasty and dark. So, with a new rack, pump, lines and fluid, it should be good for another 25 years (probably longer since I will actually change the fluid once in a while). Same deal with the brakes.

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      To all the businesses, shops and companies. CLOSE your operations on this day! If you operate on this day, don’t bother even to display American flag. I am not buying your fake patriotism.

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTaurus

        It must be nice to live in a world where deadlines dont have to be met and losing a pile of money is an option worth taking. Some things can’t be stopped on a dime. This isnt a doughnut shop or a dry cleaning store, this is a multi-million dollar paper plant that is shut down waiting for us to repair their boiler. There’s no telling how many hundreds of thousands of dollars they lose everyday this unit isnt running. We knew we were going to work 7 days a week and 12 hours a night (I’m on nights on this job) every day for the next 25-30 days when we started this job. That’s holidays, my birthday, your birthday, Jesus’s birthday if it came up, when its hot, when its cold, when we are tired, that means every day.

        I’m sure you wont go to any store, buy anything, or use any electricity on Monday. Sure wouldnt want to cause someone to hate America with a passion because they had to work to support the business and utilities/services you’re using.

        But, what do I know? I drive the most horribly unreliable car ever built in the last 120 years, and I’m trying to make a living by working an honest job, even if that means working on holidays.

        • 0 avatar
          -Nate

          John ;

          He cares not a whit for the fallen, he’s just flag waving like all cowards who try to hide behind patriotism .

          I didn’t think the Ford Taurus was the most unreliable car ever, certainly not my cuppa tea but they sold well here in the West and were used as Ghetto hoopties and Barrio bombers for years and years….

          -Nate
          (? Did I mention SHAMELESS COWARD ?)

          • 0 avatar
            JohnTaurus

            Thank you for that, on both points. And, thank you for your service and the sacrifices you’ve suffered for our country and way-of-life.

          • 0 avatar
            -Nate

            Welcome, I take my Conservatism *very* seriously ~ I hate liars and those who hide behind false patriotism , religion and so on .

            Don’t worry about me, I’m a survivor and will always manage until I’m dead ~ no hurry but not worried either, I’ve been on borrowed time for many decades now .

            I’d like to hear more about the Taurus ~ I had a few years of keeping a badly mangled 1982 Ford Escort GL on the road, I know it was a hated car by everyone else but it kept going and going, and…..

            I fixed everything on that ratty old cheap assed car *but* the engine clutch and tranny and me being old, I didn’t understand the need to replace the timing belt so of course it snapped, at night, in you really don’t want to be here with a crank Black Woman in South East Los Angeles on a Friday evening just at sunset .

            -Nate

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            Nate,
            I am by far not some sort of “patriot”. I am worried about the nation full of … fools. No, not fools – Judases. Will sell own mother for 30 coins

          • 0 avatar
            JohnTaurus

            Nate, my Taurus has been excellent to me. It has truly been a blessing and there is still life left in it. Over 250k on it’s original powertrain, and nearly everything wrong with it is maintenance related.

            They did keep the oil changed, and serviced the transaxle at least some, but the cooling system was neglected and some expected accessories are failing, such as the air conditioning compressor (it works, just cuts out at higher RPMs, like when cruising on the interstate at 70 or above).

            I have always loved these cars, and have owned many of them, getting good service out of most. My 1993 was sold with ~300k on it, still running and driving. 1995 was the last year of my favorite body-style, and this one has the rare (for the model/year) AX4N transaxle that was the best version they had. With it comes the 3.0L V-6, simply the best Ford V-6 of its era. With all that in mind, that is why I plan to restore it and build it how I want it.

            We had a 1985.5 Escort “ace of base” special bought new by my parents. It had one issue that I remember, shortly before we lost it: it spit a spark plug out one morning on the way to school. Other than that, it was reliable and was driven across country a few times, serving us well until it was destroyed in a crash in 1992. As small as it was and as horrific as the crash was, it saved both my brother’s (and their friend that was riding with them) lives. Nobody would have been surprised to learn all three had died, given what happened.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          JohnTaurus,

          On Monday, you should visit a monument, not fix the boiler.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          JohnTaurus,

          Damn right! I completed all purchases today. Tomorrow I will spend outside, cooking, eating, drinking while wearing flag on the chest. I will not buy anything tomorrow. And we will stop at the town’s memorial to local people who died in different wars. Carry on!

          • 0 avatar
            -Nate

            John ;

            Sounds good to me .

            I was surprised to discover the psycho-bitch’s Escort was such a sturdy little thing ~ it had been side swiped down the right side, I had to use a 6″X6″ and sledgehammer to bang the door out enough to roll the window 1/2 way down and the right front headlight fell out while she was driving it to work once, who knows what happened to the power steering, the pulley and belt were long gone, she didn’t notice so I never fixed that .

            Oddly enough the original acrylic enamel red paint was in fine shape where it remained so I was able to polish, buff and wax it to a high mirror shine, it was still a wrecthedly cheap thing , no horn button ! you pushed the turn signal lever in to beep the single horn .

            The cheap all black interior too was indestructible ~ once cleaned it had nary a crack and looked new, even the carpet .

            Slavuta :

            You’re comments all echo almost exactly the false sentiments of the self described ‘patriots’ whom we both appear to agree upon so I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt, that being one more thing actual Conservatives do, not just automatically blaming others…

            -Nate

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            slavuta, Today is Memorial Day not the Sabbath, everyone is entitled to honor the fallen anyway they see fit. I believe that was the ideal that they died for, but I guess you won’t be reading this, turning on your computer would be disrespectful

            Everyone enjoy your Memorial Day as you wish

          • 0 avatar
            EGSE

            Slavuta, would you expect police, fire and EMS to close on holidays?

            Having no close family I covered holidays for a decade as a volunteer FF/EMT. Moms break hips on Christmas. Dads light grilles with gasoline on Independence Day (it’s ugly). And kids have to be cut out of cars on Memorial Day. State troopers fly them to fully staffed trauma and burn centers.

            John is that guy for the plants doing a shutdown. Without what he does they can’t function and Mom, Dad and the kids have no Christmas or grilles or cars. If our society runs smoothly it’s because there are people willing to do the work to make it function. We should all be grateful for the cops, firefighters, EMTs and John Tauruses who are hard at work while we’re kicking back.

          • 0 avatar
            JohnTaurus

            EGSE, that very nearly brought tears. Thank you. Having been out of work for nearly ten years, due to personal (health), family (also health) and other reasons, there is no way in hell that I would risk my job, or even put the company that took a chance on me in a bind, no matter how much a particular holiday means to me. I have veterans of WWIi, Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East wars in my family. I dont think any of them (who are still living) would ask me to blow off my job, knowing how much it means to me and how blessed/fortunate/lucky I am to have it. I’m proud to work for a company that both my grandfather and uncle (both deceased) have worked for in the past. I highly doubt that anyone in my situation would choose to set fire to all that on the principle of respecting those who have paid the ultimate price for what we enjoy today.

            I love our country, our freedom, our way of life. There is no place I’d rather be. I have nothing but respect and admiration for those who do serve/have served to protect what I hold dear (and what many, unfortunately, take for granted). This goes triple for those who have died for it. But, I don’t believe their sacrifice would mean any more or less than if I f’ed off the best job/most money I’ve ever made to make a pilgrimage to a monument instead. Even God said it’s okay to work on the sabbath if your ox is in a ditch. My ox has been in the ditch so long that his hooves are rotten, I dont feel bad about doing what I have to do.

            I’m quite sure that if slavuta’s boss ordered him in today, and he knew there was a good chance of being either fired or reduced down to the point where it wouldnt be worth staying on, and he knew there was little chance of gaining suitable employment elsewhere, that he would go in.

            If work was optional today, and I choose to go in because I dont respect what I listed above, that would be quite a different case. However, the opposite is true.

            Lie2me, thank you as well.

            Nate, I actually prefer the Tempo, which was a slightly larger, more refined version of the Escort. I’ve owned several, and they all served me very well. They hold up surprisingly well to abuse and neglect, and have provided solid transportation to hundreds of thousands for decades. Was it the best car ever? No, but for what it was, it was damned good. I’d certainly own another.

            Also, are you certain the Escort didn’t simply came from the factory without power steering? I know it wasnt standard on Escort or Tempo until later. I know because I converted my 1991 Tempo GLS to manual steering using parts from earlier Escort and Tempos.

            Thanks you all for your kind words of encouragement and defense. God bless you all, and happy Memorial Day.

          • 0 avatar
            EGSE

            John, you’re welcome though I’m undeserving of such. To get money for school I worked on broadcast towers for several years. It was hard work and it didn’t make me rich but I was fortunate to have the opportunity to rise out of poverty. I completely “get it” when you talk about how much you value your job.

          • 0 avatar
            -Nate

            That’s the right attitude John & EGSE ;

            Being a good Citizen instead of mindless Patriotism & jingoism .

            Yes, that poor old Escort came with P.S., the pump & rack where there, no cap on the fluid resivoir and no drive pulley so I didn’t waste any time trying to resurrect it .

            You have to actually work on Ghetto/Barrio hoopties to understand, many here make jokes but clearly have zero actual contact .

            At that time I was pretty broke (_not_ ‘poor’ as that’s a state of mind) and this broker than I Woman had this battered old thing that ran when I met her and that was all ~ she didn’t even have a driver’s license .

            I was in the local LKQ yesterday harvesting non ballasted ignition coils and saw several Taurus’ (? Tauri ?) in good shape, I was thinking about your one and wondering what year model it might be ? .

            -Nate

          • 0 avatar
            JohnTaurus

            Mine is a 1995. Built in November of 1994 and sold in December of that year, but a 1995 model regardless. The cars have gotten to the point where any issue is reason to dump it and run, for most people. I have people (here and in person) question my willingness to spend money on a “worthless” car. They just dont get it.

            I more than understand what it is like to be broke. I can honestly say that it is a weird feeling to walk into a store and not worry about having enough money to get what you want or need. For too long, I walked in a store knowing exactly how much money I could spend, and not a dime over. No exceptions whatsoever. For those who havent lived on $100 (or often times, less) spending money a month, it is incomprehensible to know how that feels. To pick and choose what you need more, forget what you may *want*. That doesnt enter the equation. I am grateful that my life has progressed to the point that I dont have that feeling anymore (notwithstanding a jewelry store or some other high-end place, lol).

            I hope you and everyone else had a good holiday. Work went well, and the safety guy led us in a word of prayer for those who gave their lives or loved ones for the freedom we enjoy today. The impact of what Monday represented was lost on not a single one of us.

          • 0 avatar
            -Nate

            O.K., now I know what you’re working on/with .

            Don’t sweat what it’s worth, I never do, if it makes _YOU_ happy that’s sufficient .

            Maybe you should begin a thing (? ‘blog’?) about it with pictures ? .

            As far as watching what you $pend, there’s a wise saying :

            Rich folks spend like they’re poor and Poor folks spend like they’re rich ~ this clearly explains how “poor’ in a state of mind .

            I doubt I’ll ever not have to consider what / how much I spend on anything but at least I’m no longer skinny =8-) .

            Time to go to work, bye now .

            -Nate

  • avatar
    -Nate

    Every year I miss my friends who didn’t make it back .

    -Nate

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    This. Unfortunately with respect to the last couple it has been friends who made it back and couldn’t deal with the being back bit. I’ll have a couple for them as well.

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      I’ll raise a glass to the 20 something former student of mine who is in the Marines. He’s happy and moving up through the ranks (trying to get embassy duty – he WANTS it to be as dangerous an assignment as possible). I see him around when he’s on leave but he almost seems to be enjoying it TOO much.

      I always worry about those guys when the ride ends, when they have to go back to civilian life.

    • 0 avatar
      bullnuke

      I would certainly hope that the Armed Forces are doing better at transitioning folks from war zones back to CONUS than was done for my peers coming home from that Crazy Asian War ™. From sitting in a rice paddy with their trusty Mattel O’matic, to discharge, and to the tarmac in Dayton and their waiting moms in a short week. Several of my friends never really came back due to the psychological shock of this on top of other related things. I’ll have a few Guinness’s for strength and a few Jameson’s for courage remembering ’em all.

      • 0 avatar
        James Charles

        bullnuke,
        I do believe there are processes in place to assist those who have been deployed, whether on active, peace keeping or humanitarian duties.

        In our military we call it decompression. In my situation in 2017 I spent the majority of it in the MER (Middle East Region). Just prior to your deployment back home you receive psychological assessing among other administrative and medical assessments.

        In my case I had one week in which I was required to report on duty and then go home. This allowed you to reconnect with your work and work mates catch up and socialise. For us in many cases (as I encountered) we are thrown together as a team when deployed. Not moved as a Unit.

        We also received further psychological evaluation for 6 months.

        Believe it or not one of the biggest challenges confronting deployed members on arrival home is adjusting to home and not work. I think more effort here is necessary.

        Deployed members come home and the first week is magic, then issues arise. Some deployed members have problems adjusting at home. If you think about it, “home, the spouse and kids” have reliant on themselves and the family unit adjusts, their is no void to fill, bills kept on being paid, the kids still went to school, the spouse took on greater responsibility making changes to have a functioning family without your presence, making all the decisions and on and on, you get the picture.

        You arrive home and start to change the new norm back to the ‘old days’. This causes angst and friction, then sadly seperation and a breakdown of the family unit.

        I think this is the hardest adjustment for many and more resources should be spent transitioning back into family life. As they are the ones who will support you with other issues directly related to your deployment (PTSD). Without family support I believe the probability of an unsuccessful transition increases markedly.

        It can be tough and lonely for some and everyone handles issues differently and I find it distressing to see any military person’s life go to sh#t due to a lack of inadequate support.

      • 0 avatar
        ravenuer

        bullnuke, thanks for your post. I needed that this weekend.

  • avatar
    SoCalMikester

    whatever al quaida/bin laden started was the last war worth losing even one american life over, even if it was mostly a saudi job. just about everything else since WW2 has just been an awful waste of life. but hey! sales!

  • avatar
    Detroit-X

    Agree with SoCalMikester. WW-II should have been the last major involvement in any war for the U.S.

    It should be in the U.S. Constitution that if a war or conflict is started: immediately the children and families of all these pompous, jackass politicians must go first to serve, and serve for the whole duration. Only then will we see how important and valuable the purpose is.

    Another horror story is the poor decision making by “leadership” while the war is raging. So many stories of shockingly bad decisions we only find out about later.

    Family issues aside while decompressing, the gut-feeling the fighting was a fiasco, and a waste of life and time, must be a huge factor in a veteran’s mental health.

    Where is the outrage of the 20-per-day suicides by veterans in the news media?

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      Actually, Korea was a good cause. And we fought under UN umbrella. After all, N.K. started it. However, considering that if you dive deeper into S.K. politics/policies/etc of that time, you will realize that is was one bad regime fighting another bad regime. S.K. also had mass graves, atrocities, etc.

      After that and Vietnam stupidity, our wars were all about money and nothing else.

  • avatar
    -Nate

    The outrage is there but you have to look for it .

    On a happier note, They just opened a Veterans Health Clinic near me, about damn time too .

    -Nate

  • avatar
    -Nate

    Thanx Fellas, America needs more Citizens like you .

    -Nate


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